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Peugeot’s new 3008 SUV looks good, a lot better than the oddly-shaped outgoing car. It will soon have ample performance to back up the sporty design, if a GTi version is on the cards, as reported by Auto Express. Such a variant will be the flagship and will sit above the current 3008 GT, a 2.0 litre turbodiesel with 180 hp.

When the UK mag asked about a 3008 GTi, the model’s project manager Marion David said: “GT is the fastest version for now, but if it does very well then we will look at a higher-level version. People are moving down from more expensive cars and they still want the good performance.”

It shouldn’t be too challenging for Peugeot to come up with a 3008 GTi, as the new 3008 shares the same EMP2 platform as the current 308 hatchback, and powertrain “direct transfer” from the 308 GTi hot hatch should be rather straightforward.

What’s in there again? A 1.6 litre turbo petrol engine with up to 270 hp (250 hp also available) and 330 Nm of torque, mated to six-speed manual gearbox. The 308 GTi takes six seconds flat to reach 100 km/h from rest, 6.2s for the 250 hp car. A “3008 GTi” is also sure to have its chassis tuned by Peugeot Sport and get the brand’s signature half-half “Coupe Franche” paintjob.

The planned 3008 GTi could get a direct 270 hp powertrain transfer from the 308 GTi hot hatch

Unveiled at last year’s Paris show, the second-gen Peugeot 3008 has ditched the original car’s pseudo MPV shape for a more conventional SUV look. It measures in at 4.45m long (eight cm longer than outgoing car), 1.84m wide (identical) and 1.62m tall. The new car’s 2,675 mm wheelbase is 62 mm longer.

Inside, Peugeot says all key passenger dimensions have been improved, including a 90 litre larger boot. The dashboard is more cockpit-like than ever after adopting the French brand’s latest i-Cockpit layout, where the instrument binnacle sits high on the dashboard and above the steering wheel.

Engine options include the 1.2L PureTech 130 S&S, a 1.6L THP 165 S&S, 1.6L BlueHDi 100 S&S BVM5, 1.6L BlueHDi 120 S&S, a 2.0L BlueHDi 150 S&S and a 2.0L BlueHDi 180.

A Driver Sport Pack for the hatch brings firmer and more responsive power steering, a more responsive accelerator pedal mapping and enhanced engine/gearbox response. The SUV’s engine sound is also amplified into the cabin with the aid of a digital amplifier.

GALLERY: Peugeot 3008